Archive | February, 2013

PICTURE: Manchester United join Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in plastic flag brigade

Independent Manchester United supporters group, Stretford End Flags, have today revealed the plans for proceedings ahead of their club’s Champions League game against Real Madrid. Having mocked rival clubs for years for their plastic flags, United will now join the ranks of the plastic flag brigade. Plastic flags for plastic fans?

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10 reasons why Manchester United are now worth $3 billion

According to Forbes magazine, Manchester United Football Club are now valued at $3.3 billion, making them the most valuable sports franchise in history, a whopping $1.2 billion ahead of their nearest competitor, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. From the mustachioed Mr. Potato, the global snack partner of Manchester United, to billionaire Zong Qinghou, said to be [...]

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TRANSCRIPT: Benitez’s last interview as Chelsea boss?

BBC Radio 5 live reporter Alastair Yeomans: “What was a difficult first half for you in the end turned out OK?” Rafael Benitez: “Yes, it was difficult, normally in the FA Cup it’s always difficult but I thought our team was doing well, it was a professional performance, a lot of players doing well. I [...]

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VIDEO: Benitez’s attack on Chelsea fans and board

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Rafa Benitez rants about Chelsea fans following FA Cup win

Following Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup this evening, Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez launched an incredible attack on the fans. Benitez was an unpopular choice at Stamford Bridge largely due to his time as Liverpool boss when he claimed that Chelsea fans lacked passion and was involved in several heated games in [...]

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VIDEO: Barton and Ibra slanging match on the pitch – Big nose vs more money

During the French Cup Quarter Final between PSG and Marseille this evening there was a bit of handbags between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Joey Barton. After the Englishman was fouled, Barton went on the attack, before making fun of Ibrahimovic’s big nose. The Swedish striker seemingly couldn’t care less and reminded Barton which of the two [...]

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Bookies making Real mess of El Clasico betting

Bookmakers are number crunchers 99.99 per cent of the time, setting their football betting odds based on statistics and other forms of important data such as injury and suspension news. But, when it comes to Barcelona, it seems that logic goes out of the window and irrationality takes over. Apologies to Celtic versus Rangers, Boca [...]

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PICTURE: Did Chelsea airbrush RDM out of CL winning photo?

The Daily Mail has today claimed that Chelsea have “airbrushed” out former boss Roberto Di Matteo from a painting on a wall at Stamford Bridge. In reality, the picture of the squad that included Di Matteo at the beginning of the season has just been replaced with a picture that never included him, rather than [...]

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Paying tribute to Ryan Giggs – Trophies, records, stats, team mates and awards

‘He’s an incredible human being. It’s as simple as that’ – the words used by Sir Alex Ferguson to describe a player who might just get a statue or an Old Trafford stand named in his honour in similar fashion to the wily old Scot. Many within the game have even tipped him to replace [...]

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More disappointment for Sunderland fans at West Brom

Pete Sixsmith reports on another awayday disappointment,  in fact not one but – for him – two in one weekend. Can’t speak for fans of the Leeds Rhinos but it is familiar reading for Sunderland supporters … I should have known that it wasn’t going to be my weekend when a huge Melbourne Storm forward [...]

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VIDEO: Battle in France – David Beckham vs Joey Barton

Tomorrow at 7:55 GMT live footage of PSG v OM, French Cup Quarter Final, is available. Again Beckham’s will be playing (maybe starting this time after his assist?) alongside Ibrahimovic & co, he will line up against compatriot Joey Barton who has recently criticized the former England captain. So there’s a lot of buzz in [...]

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The tactics Manchester United need to employ for Real Madrid

Here’s a look at few selection and strategy options for Manchester United ahead of their Champions League second leg fixture against Real Madrid on March 5th.   Central Defence If all players remain fit, the dilemma for Sir Alex will be whether to stick with the same central defensive partnership that started at the Bernabeu [...]

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TOP PLAYER STATS: Manchester City vs Chelsea

- Chelsea must beware a Man City backlash this weekend after the reigning champions were humbled by Southampton last time out. The 3-1 defeat will have prompted Roberto Mancini into reading the riot act to his players and expect them to come out firing at the Etihad on Sunday.   – Yaya Toure has stepped [...]

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TOP PLAYER STATS: Newcastle vs Southampton

- Despite a first-half Yoan Gouffran goal, Newcastle fell to a 21 defeat at the hands of Tottenham and the inspired Gareth Bale. Alan Pardew can take heart from what was a strong Newcastle performance and he will be looking for his side to produce a similar performance against the Saints this week.   – [...]

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STATS: Manchester City vs Chelsea – Form, goals and scorers

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Reactions to Manchester United’s win against QPR

1) I’m not entirely sure why but prior to the game I felt slightly nervous thinking we’re going to be in for a very tight game and some late drama, with our recent trip to White Hart Lane still vaguely in memory. Seeing the starting XI didn’t help me relax with Rooney only on the [...]

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TOP PLAYER STATS: QPR vs Manchester United

- QPR remained rooted to the bottom of the Premier League as they were soundly beaten 4-1 away to Swansea. A solitary Bobby Zamora goal will have given little cheer to the R’s dressing room and they face an ever sterner challenge this weekend.   – Julio Cesar has rightly been garnering rave reviews for [...]

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TOP PLAYER STATS: Arsenal vs Aston Villa

- Ten-man Arsenal secured what could be a valuable win away to Sunderland as they held on for a 0-1 win at the Stadium of Light. A rasping Santi Cazorla shot was enough for Arsene Wenger’s men, as they battled to the end after losing Carl Jenkinson for a second bookable offence.   – Despite [...]

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